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Huge sinkhole in post office parking lot swallows car in Oxford, Mississippi

A sinkhole formed in the back parking lot of the Oxford Post Office, causing an employee’s car to fall into it.
© David Walton | United States Postal Service
A sinkhole formed in the back parking lot of the Oxford Post Office, causing an employee’s car to fall into it. According to the Oxford Police Department no injuries were reported.
A sinkhole emerged in the back parking lot of the Oxford (Mississippi) Post Office on Thursday morning, damaging one vehicle in the process.

The incident took place around 6 a.m., according to witnesses. The vehicle belonged to a post office employee, but was empty at the time it fell in and no injuries were reported, according to Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen.

McCutchen noted the size of the sinkhole was at least "12 feet by 12 feet," if not larger, and similar to the sinkhole that emerged on Highway 6 East before the Chucky Mullins Drive exit in 2015.


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Sinkhole opens up at Pantheon, Rome

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© ANSA
Cobblestones give way to open 2-metre-deep hole

A sinkhole opened up in front of Rome's iconic Pantheon on Tuesday.

The hole appeared after Travertine marble cobblestones called sanpietrini gave way.

The hole was said to be two metres deep.

Repairs have already started.

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Huge sinkhole found in Melbourne, Australia

People at the scene were advised to keep 20 metres away from the hole as it continues to grow.
© Lou Miller
People at the scene were advised to keep 20 metres away from the hole as it continues to grow.
SES crews have roped off a large sinkhole that has appeared in Melbourne's east as wintery conditions made an early appearance in Victoria

The 12-metre-wide and five-metre-deep hole in Kew developed in reserve about 3:15pm in what the SES said was a broken pipe for stormwater access belonging to the Boroondara City Council.

Council officials roped the area off to keep people safe amid fears it would continue to grow while it was raining and police were called to the scene.


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Island off the coast of North Carolina that appeared then vanished has returned

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This photograph shows a 98ft-long sandbar in the spot previously occupied by Shelly Island
An island that disappeared off the North Carolina coast two years ago not long after forming is back.

Shelly Island, off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, appeared in January 2017, eventually measuring one mile length-ways and 400ft across. But it vanished in early 2018 after being battered by a series of storms.

The landmass is proving to be resilient, though. A few days ago beachgoers spotted a 98ft-long (30m) sandbar in roughly the same spot that Shelly occupied, with photographs showing birds sunning themselves on it.

The photos were posted on Sunday to the Facebook page of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is managed by the U.S. National Park Service and protects that stretch of coastline.

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140-foot deep sinkhole still growing in Wooburn Green, UK

How the sinkhole looked last month
© Lesley James
How the sinkhole looked last month
Sappers Field has been closed until further notice because the sinkhole that has opened up is now approximately 140-foot deep.

The popular Wooburn playing field will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future, with a 60-foot deep chasm now underneath the sinkhole.

Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council released a statement, which reads: "Sappers Field is closed because the whole of it, not just the area around the sinkhole, is potentially unstable and very dangerous.

"The sinkhole is approximately 140 feet deep, with an underground chasm stretching 60 feet from the centre. Any part of the field could collapse in a similar way.

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Massive sinkholes in Gauteng, South Africa swallowing homes, roads

One of the sinkholes which residents use to dump garbage.
© Ntwaagae Seleka
One of the sinkholes which residents use to dump garbage.
Residents from a Khutsong suburb outside Carletonville could soon be forced to leave their homes because of a sinkhole swallowing up giant portions of land, laying waste to properties and infrastructure.

Community leaders have accused the local Merafong City Municipality of ignoring geologists' reports which years ago said this the earth was likely to give way. The City confirmed that it plans to rehouse more than 25 000 residents.

Homes and streets have already completely disappeared in some parts, leaving residents in nearby areas worried that their properties could be next.

A stench from the broken sewer pipes hangs over the area. Some residents have taken to using the sinkholes as dumping sites.

In some places, owners have abandoned their homes which continue to fall into the sinkholes bit by bit. The situation is often worsened by heavy rain.


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Sinkhole 30 feet deep opens up in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Crews are monitoring a huge sinkhole that opened up between two homes in northwest Charlotte Sunday night, police said.

Officials were called to the scene on Cub Creek Lane near Capps Hollow Drive just before 8 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the sinkhole was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and then saw parts of the yard falling in. Authorities said no one was hurt.


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Massive sinkhole opens up in Toms River, New Jersey

A massive sinkhole opened on Windsor Avenue in Toms River March 2
© Toms River Police Department
A massive sinkhole opened on Windsor Avenue in Toms River, March 2
A massive sinkhole opened on Windsor Avenue Monday, shutting down the roadway, police said.

Windsor Avenue between League Road and Garfield Avenue will be closed "around the clock" while utility crews conduct repairs, Toms River police said in a Facebook post.

No one was injured as a result of the road collapse, police spokeswoman Jillian Messina said.

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Giant unexplained sinkhole continues to enlarge in Westonaria, South Africa

The sinkhole is less than 80 metres away from houses in the area.
© Tumi Riba
The sinkhole is less than 80 metres away from houses in the area.
A huge sinkhole in an open veld near Davies Street in Westonaria has the town talking - especially those who live nearby.

One of the residents, 85-year-old Pat Markotter is one of those who are concerned about the dangers it poses.

"I took photo a while ago when it was much smaller. Look at it now, it has grown bigger. Two trees have already fallen in; this really poses a serious danger to everyone near it," he said.

Watch the following video of the sinkhole taken recently.


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Horse rescued from sinkhole in Maury County, Tennessee

HORSE SINKHOLE
Firefighters in Tennessee said they used heavy equipment to dig a path to safety for a horse that fell into a sinkhole.

The Maury County Fire Department said crews responded alongside personnel from the Maury County Office of Emergency Management, Maury County Animal Control and the Spring Hill Fire Department when the horse was found in the sinkhole Tuesday on Forest Ridge Trail.